Jo Darvall

You Yangs

1 – 31 August

Opening Thursday 1 August 6 – 8pm


The landscape of the You Yangs that has inspired generations of artists, encapsulates the haunting blue mountains anchored by the grassy plains of Wadawurrung country. I have been magnetically drawn back to the country that once captivated me during my days as a student at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), mentored by Alan Mittleman and Graham Fransella.

Arriving into Victoria from Western Australia, I embarked on a challenging adventure with a car, reams of paper, paints, and boards. My destination, Little River, then onward to the You Yangs National Park. I established a makeshift studio, immersing myself in the magic of the You Yangs. Over several weeks, I created numerous drawings and watercolours, crafting small works on board to transport back to my studio.

From the granite outcrops of the You Yangs, I found myself contemplating and reflecting on the history and works of art from the past inspired by the surrounding area. To have a deeper understanding of the subject, I arranged a private viewing with the Senior Curator Lisa Sullivan at Geelong Art Gallery’s archive, who showed me a collection of Prints and Watercolours by Danila Vassilieff and Fred Williams. As exciting as it was to view these prints and paintings, it was also very daunting to be in the presence of these amazing works of art.

– Jo Darvall 2024




2023 Hydrosphere Fox Galleries Melbourne
2022 Regeneration Studio Gallery Yallingup WA
2021 Winged Realm PG Gallery Melbourne
2021 Wandoo Linton and Kay Galleries, Western Australia
2020 Natures Marks, Studio Gallery, Western Australia
2019 Mooro Katta, PS Art Space, Fremantle Western Australia
2018 Jo Darvall, Nyisztor Studio, Western Australia
2018 Like Water, Mundaring Arts Centre and No 1. Pump Station, Mundaring Weir, National Trust Western Australia
2017 Raw Umber and Silk, Manet Museum, Beijing China
2017 All that is Changing, Australian High Commission, Singapore


2024 Finalist Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, Sydney
2023 Award Winner Collie Art Prize, Western Australia
2022 Finalist Perth Royal ArtPrize, Western Australia
2022 Finalist Ravenswood Australian Woman’s Art Prize New South Wales
2022 Finalist Jury Art Prize The Junction Gallery Port Hedland Western Australia
2022 Finalist Minawarra Art Award Western Australia
2022 Finalist The Swan Bunbury Regional Art Gallery Western Australia